"Many forms of expression are required
to break out of the multiple confines that imprison the soul.
Writing and Painting are just two of them", says Tehmina.
Tehmina Durrani's controversial autobiography My Feudal Lord
was published in 1991. It is now translated into 39 languages and is a European Bestseller. The book was a pioneer in surmounting the hitherto unbroken silence of Muslim women since the 14th century, reconciling the rights of women with the paramount principle laid down for them in Islam… and yet it was a book before its time.
There is a price that comes with rebellions and revolts that break the status quo. Tehmina has experienced it
Writing was not enough she searched for other ways to express. In 1992 she exhibited her paintings -- Catharsis
. One of the paintings became the cover of her third book Blasphemy.
Observing that no political party since Pakistan’s inception had raised a voice for the accountability of corrupt public representatives, and recognizing that the silent majority of Pakistan had neither, voice, influence nor resources to make the demand on the affluent, in 1993 she formed an issues oriented movement, Jehad for accountability of public servants. She went on a hunger strike for seven days.
Her demand was meant to create public awareness towards the core issue facing Pakistan’s progress and prosperity; through the self- preservation of criminal activity and its wide spread acceptance which had shred the moral fabric of the new generation.
Today accountability is a household word.
Believing, those who ruled over our people knew nothing about the core issues that confronted the oppressed, deprived and directionless millions in every corner of the country, she sought out the ONLY man who had spent a lifetime in the service of the downtrodden -- Abdul Satar Edhi. She recorded the thoughts, inspirations, motives, observations and works of Pakistan’s most revered and renowned social reformer. It’s a guide towards making a personal revolution, which in time would move the collective spirit towards humanitarian Islam. In 1994, A Mirror to the Blind, Mr. Edhi’s narrated autobiography, an official document of the Founder of Edhi Foundation.
Consistent in her attempt to expose current, social, religious and political contradictions, in the year 1998, she published Blasphemy,
a novel inspired by a true story.
As an act of compulsory Universal Compassion, and oneness with human community, in 2002, she stood up for the freedom of Fakhra Yunas, a victim of Acid Terrorism. Fakhra’s son is under the supervision of an Italian family and Tehmina Durrani.
In 2001 Tehmina Durrani launched The Movement Ana Hadjra Labaek at the Future show 3010 in Bologna, as a futuristic mission to empower women with their Islamic Rights through the Islamic symbol of Hadjra; a peaceful transition to Islam's Original Intention through Ijtehad.
After a great silence now comes; A Love Affair
-- oil and water colour paintings along with a coffee table book, symbolizing the freedom of the soul from the bondage expressed in Catharsis,
as she says.
Happy Things in Sorrow Times
is a novel with 38 water colour illustrations done at Afghan refugee camps in Kandahar, Turkham and Chaman. It is the first part of a trilogy. A story told from the heart of a child, Basrabia, in war torn Afghanistan from the time of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan to the present US War on Terror. A war, not against soldiers and warriors, but against innocent children…’They’ need AnOtHeR ChAnCe in the interest of World Peace.